Alan Knott-Craig, back at work following a stroke last November, has stepped down as CEO of Cell C. He takes on a new position as executive board member.

Acting CEO Jose dos Santos has been confirmed in the post of CEO.

Cell C chairman Mohammed Hariri comments: “I would like to announce the return of Alan Knott-Craig to Cell C. Alan has made a remarkable recovery since he suffered a stroke in November last year and has officially been back at the company since 5 May 2014.

“Alan returns to the company in the capacity of executive board member of Cell C. In his new role he will consult and advise on matters not only relating to Cell C but also concerning the Oger Telecom Group. I am very pleased that Alan has agreed to take up this new role, as his wealth of experience in the telecommunications industry is an invaluable asset for the group at large.

“Alan joined Cell C on 1 April 2012 and was instrumental in setting the direction of the company and its success over the past two years. Without his visionary leadership, Cell C would not have been the strong competitor that it is today.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Jose Dos Santos and the entire management team of Cell C for their incredible leadership and support during Alan’s absence and for ensuring the company stays on track during a time that has seen considerable changes in the South African mobile industry.

“With that, I am delighted to announce that Jose Dos Santos has now been confirmed as CEO. He has done a sterling job as acting CEO over the last five months and, with the support of a strong management team put in place by Alan, the company has gone from strength to strength.”